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Friday Afternoon (8 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-May-2013  14:03:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD have new mobile platforms, with coverage on PC Perspective (and a reference notebook review), HotHardware and LegionHW. It was all the way back at CES that we first showed you Kabini, Temash, and Richland-based products in action in a number of prototype notebooks at tablets from Vizio, HP, Asus and others. And AMD actually talked about the foundation of two these products (Kabini and Temash)-its Jaguar CPU core microarchitecture-at Hot Chips in April of last year. If you're unfamiliar with Kabini and Temash, they are the codenames given to AMD's next-gen, low-power APUs targeted at notebooks and ultra-mobile form factors.

The NSW Police are concerned about 3D printed guns, but some journalists found it's not that simple to start cranking out weapons. But, and I cannot emphasize this enough, this gun is not as easy to make as it's been portrayed, nor as cheap, nor very legal, and the weapon itself is terrible—if you're not too terrified to pull the trigger. 3D-printable guns may be the future, but, after our own fruitless tribulations attempting to duplicate the feat, we're ready to say they are not the present.

On a more positive note, a baby's life has been saved via a 3d-printed device. Green and Hollister were able to make the custom-designed, custom-fabricated device using high-resolution imaging and computer-aided design. The device was created directly from a CT scan of Kaiba's trachea/bronchus, integrating an image-based computer model with laser-based 3D printing to produce the splint.

Kim Dotcom says he owns the patent on two step authentication and is saying Facebook and Google need to help his legal fight against the US Government or he'll act on his patent. It’s fairly apparent that none of these corporations are paying Dotcom for the use of his invention but as usual he’s approaching the matter in his own style, with a carrot in one hand and a stick in the other. “I never sued them. I believe in sharing knowledge & ideas for the good of society. But I might sue them now cause of what the U.S. did to me,” he declares.

Microsoft have some new Windows 8 ads which are fairly amusing and clever, but interestingly don't show W8 at all. Today, Microsoft uploaded a trio of new Windows 8 TV ads on its official Windows YouTube channel and, well ... there's just no other way to say it. These ads, all under the "Training Camp" title, are some of the oddest we have ever seen that have been made to promote any version of Windows.

OCZ have a new Vertex 450 SSD, with reviews on HotHardware, LegitReviews, HWHeaven, TechSpot, TheSSDReview and Tweaktown. After employing SandForce controllers on some of the earlier Vertex SSDs, OCZ snapped up Indilinx and is using what is now its own proprietary silicon in many of its drives. Thus, the brand new OCZ Vertex 450 SSD we'll be showing you here today with an Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 series controller inside is very much a “vertical” effort, with the Indilinx and OCZ-owned PLX teams building both the silicon and firmware.



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